Global Learning Programme Wales


As a ‘by schools, for schools’ model, the GLP-W encourages teachers to share good practice and learning. 

The practice sharing sessions hosted by the GLP-W Lead Schools for their Network Schools will support teachers to understand and question what constitutes effective development education teaching and global learning so that they are better able to identify relevant and useful resources .

Teachers and GLP-W Coordinators will also be able to share ideas and upload resources that they produce during the lifetime of the programme to the GLP-W website.

Download our free resources below to get started! 

World Oceans Day 

Oceans cover 70% of the Earth’s surface, and billions of people depend on oceans for their livelihood and food. But the oceans are under threat from pollution, overfishing and climate change. World Oceans Day is an opportunity to focus on Global Goal (SDG) 14: Life below Water with the Global Learning Programme Wales. This cross-curricular resource includes eight activities for Key Stage 2-4 investigating the sustainability of the oceans, particularly plastic pollution and coral reefs.


Africa Day 2018

Africa Day takes place every year on 25th May in celebration of African unity - 2018 marks 51 years since the OAU (African Union) was founded. Here at GLP-W we’ve selected some Africa-themed resources to help your school join in the celebrations.

World Malaria Day 2018

This year’s theme for World Malaria Day (25 April 2018) is ‘Ready to beat malaria’. This mission is set by the World Health Organisation (WHO), calling on countries to improve access to life-saving prevention tools urgently. Click here to take a look at this resource.

Send my Friend to School 2018

Did you know that 84% of primary children go to school worldwide - 74% in the least developed countries? According to Unicef, the figures for secondary children are 60% and 36%. Oxfam has produced new resources for GLP-Wales linked to the 2018 Send My Friend to School campaign ‘Make Schools Safe’.

Oxfam Education and Send My Friend to School have developed these materials for the Global Learning Programme (GLP-W). Students investigate school safety in Wales and four other countries, learning that school safety covers a wide range of issues; including schools during wars and conflicts, the impacts of natural disasters, sexual violence and bullying and discrimination.

International Day of Happiness 2018

Founded by the United Nations in 2012, the International Day of Happiness is celebrated throughout the world on 20 March. Why not take a look at the following ideas from the Global Learning Programme (GLP) and celebrate happiness in your school in 2018?

International Women's Day and Women's History Month

International Women's Day takes place every year on 8th March. A global celebration of the achievements of women, the day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender equality – one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved by 2030.

The Global Learning Programme in Wales (GLP-W) has created a comprehensive new resource to support teachers wishing to mark International Women’s Day  in their classroom. It includes short briefings for teachers on key issues for gender and development, with a choice of seven activities and supporting links.

This resource is targeted at Key Stages 2 and 3 and 4, with some opportunities for older pupils, particularly in literacy, PSE and geography and the Global Citizenship Challenge. It will help develop pupils’ knowledge of interdependence and equality, while encouraging them to consider the concepts of fairness, rights, respect and social justice, and how individuals can make a difference.

March is also Women’s History Month, which looks back on women’s achievements, celebrates the progress made by women around the world, and remembers that there is still work to be done. History teachers: why not mark Women’s History Month by using this new GLP-W resource to review some her-stories with your pupils, and think about how women are represented in the history curriculum?

Help your pupils move towards a social justice mentality on World Day of Social Justice 

20 February is the UN’s annual celebration of the World Day of Social Justice – why not take this opportunity to explore this topic through global learning activities in the classroom?

One aim of the Global Learning Programme Wales is to enable teachers to move pupils from a charity to a social justice mentality. Social justice brings together concepts of fairness, equality and human rights; a socially just society is one where everyone has equal opportunities and is treated fairly, irrespective of class, wealth, gender or race. GLP-W can support teachers in addressing the idea of social justice through a range of resources:

Oxfam Education:

 If your school isn’t one of the 680 Welsh schools already registered for the GLP-W, simply register for free to join a national network with access to a wide range of global learning resources, support and guidance.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2018

Fairtrade Fortnight is 26th February to 11th March 2018. This year’s theme is ‘Come on In to Fairtrade’, asking us to ‘Close the door on exploitation and open the door to fairtrade’.

This year, Fairtrade Fortnight’s focuses on supporting the farmers and workers who grow our food.  It’s a great opportunity to investigate Wales’ global links and interdependence, and think about how our choices affect people all over the world. Why not celebrate with ideas from GLP-W’s comprehensive Fair Trade resource for your classroom – or you can get support from Fair Trade Wales,

Produced by the Global Learning Programme for teachers of Foundation to Key Stage 3, it supports teachers wishing to develop their pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Fair Trade and interdependence. It includes:

Download the resources here, and download the free guide to progression here

Women’s Right to Vote

February 2018 is the anniversary of (most) women winning the right to vote in the UK, well behind New Zealand in 1893. Why not investigate this important democratic milestone with these resource ideas and history activity from the GLP-W?

If your school isn’t one of the 680 Welsh schools already registered for the GLP-W, simply register for free to join a national network with access to a wide range of global learning resources, support and guidance.

Refugee Week - 19 - 25 June 2017

The GLP-W offers resources to help your school to celebrate the contribution that refugees make to our country, and to encourage pupils to explore the complex issues of migration and interdependence. Help your pupils explore these topical global issues with this updated support from GLP-W:

Did you know?

Refugee Resources List 2017

Refugee Resource list

Further support and guidance on teaching controversial issues and critical thinking

Support for controversial issues

World Oceans Day

This new cross-curricular Key Stage 2-4 resource marks World Environment Day (5th June) and World Oceans Day (8th June). Written for the Global Learning Programme Wales, it includes six activities investigating the sustainability of the oceans, particularly focusing on plastic pollution.

Download the resource here

GLP-Wales: supporting numeracy and global learning

Why not try some of these GLP-W resources to support your numeracy teaching in 2017:

Looking for more GLP-W numeracy resources? All GLP-W resources are linked to literacy and numeracy outcomes and support for critical thinking, as well as to global learning themes.

And don’t forget our new comprehensive bilingual global learning resource list, contains over 60 resources available in Welsh and English as free downloads from ten different publishers.

Africa Day (25th May 2017)

Celebrate 50 years of unity in Africa!

Africa Day takes place every year on 25th May with 2017 marking 50 years since the African Union was founded.  Wales has many links with different countries in Africa – the Global Learning Programme-Wales has selected resources to help your school join in the celebrations here

GLP-W resource of the month: World Press Freedom Day (3rd May 2017), and support for the Welsh Bacc

Every year, World Press Freedom Day celebrates the principles of press freedom: why not mark the event with this GLP-W Key Stage 3-4 resource Exploring the Right to Freedom of Expression? This resource for literacy and PSE lessons explores the right to freedom of expression and whether it has limits, linked to materials from Amnesty International, UNICEF and the British Council.

World Press Freedom Day is organised by UNESCO, which has its own schools toolkit on Freedom of Expression.

You will also find more resources on democracy on the GLP-W website, and more support for Critical Thinking.

The GLP-W has a wealth of resources, many of which can support work on global issues for the Welsh Bacc - you’ll find out more here.

Why is the 1914-18 war called the First World War? 

This new Key Stage 2-3 resource for history and PSE lessons marks the centenary of renowned Welsh poet Hedd Wyn’s death on 31st July 1917 at Passchendaele in Belgium. Written for the Global Learning Programme Wales, it investigates how global the conflict was.

Login or register to download the resources here

World Malaria Day (25 April 2017)

World Malaria Day is a chance to focus on the global effort to control malaria and to learn about interdependence. Deaths from malaria have fallen by 60% since 2000 - saving 6 million lives, most of them children. But in 2016 malaria still caused 429,000 deaths worldwide: it remains a major cause and consequence of poverty and inequality. You can investigate malaria and the challenge of controlling it in science and geography with this GLP-W resource:

You’ll find more GLP-W science resources with an interdependence theme here, for example:

GLP-W has resources focused on health for all Key Stages, with more science activities on the GLP-W bilingual resources list.

Send My Friend To School

What makes a good education? These resources were written by Oxfam for the Global Learning Programme Wales to engage young people in thinking critically about what makes a ‘good education’. Produced for the Send My Friend to School campaign, and to support work on Global Goal/SDG 4, the materials feature case studies of children and schooling from Sierra Leone.

Download Activity 1 – What makes a good education? An opinion continuum here

Login or register to download the rest of the Send My Friend to School resources here

Find out more about Send My Friend to School here

International Happiness Day - 20 March 2017

What makes me happy

These new films from the Ragdoll Foundation for Foundation Phase and KS2 portray children from the Netherlands, Vietnam, Uganda, South Sudan, Columbia and Bangladesh. They are suitable for showing in Welsh or English–medium schools as they are not sub-titled and rely on images to convey their meaning.

Use the resource to encourage empathy rather than pity by showing that happiness is to be found all over the world and in what we might consider to be the most unlikely of circumstances.  

Gross National Happiness

Did you know that the tiny Himalayan state of Bhutan measures happiness instead of wealth?

Good News

Wales welcomes refugees

Oxfam Cymru write that Wales has welcomed at least 397 refugees from Syria as part of the Syrian Resettlement Scheme. Today, even more people are on the move than during the Second World War. Wales has a proud history of welcoming those in need and every local authority is welcoming Syrian refugees to their area.  

Young people in Wales and Zanzibar share their stories

Sazani Associates tell us that over the past year, young people in Wales and Zanzibar have been finding out the impact of climate change on their locality and have been sharing their findings with one another. The young people then enjoyed using this knowledge to make short films around issues of their choice, highlighting local and global issues regarding climate change and sustainability.

Log in or register to read these and other good news stories in full and gain access to further resources relevant to the International Day for Happiness 

Moshoeshoe Day - 11 March 2017

Comparing National Days in Wales and Lesotho

All around the country, schools celebrate Dydd Gwyl Dewi with special assemblies, singing, dancing, reciting and a myriad of other activities connected to Welsh culture.

Did you know that in Wales’ twin country, Lesotho, in Southern Africa, some schools also celebrate St David’s Day to honour their successful partnership with Wales? Why not return the compliment in your school and investigate the importance of Moshoeshoe Day (March 11th), the Basotho National Day?

Use these resources kindly provided by Dolen Cymru Lesotho (which include a video of the celebrations at a school) to learn more about Basotho culture, compare ways of celebrating these two national days, and see what if anything the two national anthems have in common.

Moshoeshoe Day Powerpoint

You can find more teaching and learning resources on the Dolen Cymru website.

World Book Day 2017

Celebrate World Book Day on 2nd March with this Global Stories resource from the Global Learning Programme. Help your Foundation and Key Stage 2 pupils find out about the world through stories with these GLP resources - including a book list of old and new story favourites to spark your children's imaginations; teachers' notes, and three worked activity ideas to develop global learning and ESDGC in your classroom.  

Download the free World Book Day Story List here

Login or register to download the rest of the World Book Day resources here.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2017

Mark Fairtrade Fortnight (27 February to 12 March 2017) and inspire your pupils with this guide to teaching about Fair Trade. Produced by the Global Learning Programme for teachers of Foundation to Key Stage 3, it supports teachers wishing to develop their pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Fair Trade and interdependence. It includes:

Download the free guide to progression here

Login or register to download the rest of the Fair Trade resources here

Resource of the month - Holocaust Memorial Day

27th January is Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD). This date in 1945 marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. It provides an opportunity to reflect on the Holocaust as well as on subsequent genocides and to consider the importance of respecting diversity today. The theme this year is “How can life go on?”  Mark this important day in your school by using these resources.

Visit the HMD website to find out about more about HMD, events in Wales and download a bilingual activity pack. Use other resources on this website to celebrate the lives and cultures of those affected by genocide:

To download more resources relevant to teaching and learning about the Holocaust, please register or log in here  

New resource - Bilingual resource list

To support your teaching in 2017, GLP-W has put together a new comprehensive bilingual global learning resource list, containing over 60 resources available in Welsh and English as free downloads from ten different publishers.

For more GLP-W resources, click here to register for free

New support on teaching about refugees from GLP-W

Migration and refugees have hardly been out of the news headlines this year. December 18th 2016 is International Migrants Day so why not mark this in your school and help your pupils explore these topical global issues with this new support from GLP-W:

To download more resources on teaching about refugees, please register or log in here

Children's Rights

Schools across Wales are teaching and learning about children’s rights and developing as Rights Respecting Schools. 

Learning about children’s rights is an excellent opportunity to consider the global as well as the local context as children’s rights are universal and apply to all children everywhere.

Global Learning Programme – Wales has put together a list of ideas and resources to give a global dimension to 10 popular children’s rights


Children have the right to relax and play (Article 31)

Short films showing children in different countries and situations. There is no need for voice over or sub-titles as each story is easily understood by pictures alone and language is used only as representation of the culture. FPand KS2

Everyday life through resilience and playing football in a war zone. Secondary


To download the full list please register for free and click here

Universal Children's Day 2016

20th November 2016 is Universal Children’s Day

Why not celebrate Universal Children’s Day in Wales with these global learning resources:

Key Stage 2

Everyone Counts from Oxfam Education develops numeracy skills whilst exploring children’s lives from around the world. For more details from GLP-W click here.

To download further resources, log in or register for free now

World Food Day 2016: 16th October 2016

World Food Day is an annual event promoted by the UN to raise awareness of food and food security. It is part of the world’s campaign to take action against hunger and reach Global Goal (SDG) 2, Zero Hunger. This year’s theme explores food and the impact of climate change on farming.

To help schools celebrate World Food Day, the Global Learning Programme is providing this free resource to support schools that want to investigate food and food security, and at the same time developing pupils’ thinking about key global development ideas, particularly interdependence and sustainability. The resource features two ready-to-teach activities, together with extensive links to a range of other food resources and activities for all key stages.

To download further resources, log in or register for free now

Celebrating the European Day of Languages

26th September - European Day of Languages

Held every year to celebrate linguistic diversity and promote language learning, European Day of Languages is in keeping with Global Futures – the Welsh Government’s plan to improve and promote modern foreign languages and its ambition for Wales to become a “bilingual plus one” nation. The vision is that

all learners in Wales become global citizens, able to communicate effectively in other languages and to appreciate other cultures.” Ministerial Forward 

Many schools already celebrate the day by holding language tasters and quizzes. This year, why not use the ideas and resources below to give the teaching and learning of languages a global context?

Key Stages 2 and 3

The Multilingual Treasure Hunt from the Global Campaign for Education in Germany puts pupils in a situation where they are unable to find their way due to not understanding the local language. It encourages empathy with the situation of recently arrived refugees. If there are pupils with languages other than English/Welsh in your school, they can be given an important role to play in this activity. Signs in a language unknown to the majority of pupils are placed around the classroom and pupils are challenged to complete simple tasks such as buying bread. Excellent follow-up questions are suggested.

Further resources are avilable here

World's Largest Lesson 2016

The World’s Largest Lesson is an initiative which aims to ensure that all children, everywhere, learn about the Sustainable Development Goals. In 2016  schools all over the world were asked to teach a lesson during the week beginning 19th September with a focus is on Goal 5 “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.”

GLP-W is keen to support schools in Wales to deliver the World’s Largest Lesson and has produced comprehensive bilingual resources on the theme of gender equality, available here

Further resources in English only are also available on the World’s Largest Lesson website

Following the May 2016 National Assembly elections, Wales has a higher proportion of female representatives (41%) than the House of Commons or the Scottish or Northern Ireland Assemblies. In Wales the Secretary for Education, the Children’s Commissioner and the Future Generations Commissioner are all women. However much remains to be done to achieve gender balance – for example just 2% of the chief executives of the 100 top companies in Wales are women. What do you think is the situation in other countries?

Bringing Data to Life - Statistical approaches to global issues - Think Global

In partnership with Oxfam, Think Global have recently published a new maths resource Bringing data to life - statistical approaches to global issues. 

This toolkit brings the experience of working women Ethiopia and Mali into the classroom and enables students to measure the impact of the project by interrogating real-life data gathered in the field.

The toolkit is free and downloadable. It includes session plans, PowerPoints and worksheets for Key Stage 2 and 3 (ages 7 to 14) and includes Geography and Maths links across the English, Welsh and Scottish curricula.

To download our latest activities and resources Log in or register for free now.

Olympics 2016

The 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games begin on 5th August in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

The Global Learning Programme is providing this free resource to support schools that want to celebrate these global events and, at the same time, develop pupils’ thinking about key global development ideas, particularly interdependence.

To download our latest activities and resources Log in or register for free now.

Euro 2016

The UEFA Euro 2016 finals kick off in France on 10th June.

To support schools that want to celebrate Wales’ participation in this tournament and, at the same time, develop pupils’ thinking about key global development ideas, the Global Learning Programme-Wales is providing free bilingual classroom resources.

To download our latest activities and resources Log in or register for free now. C’mon Wales!

Responding to the Crisis in Syria

Many schools are continuing to respond to the ongoing crisis in Syria through a range of activities within the classroom, school assemblies and various extra-curricula activities.

Examples of useful materials to support classroom activities can be seen on  

Click here to register and access our Responding to the Crisis in Syria resources

Fairtrade Fortnight

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World Book Day

World Book Day Story List

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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals & Competition

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Resources by subject:

Resources by topic:

GLP-Wales offers a wide range of resources to help teach about the topics and issues below. To access our full range of resources, log in or register now.

Aid and relief Democracy Development and the SDGs Education
Energy Equality Food and water Gender
Globalisation Health and sanitation Historical perspectives Human rights and children's rights
Images, values and perceptions Interdependence International organisations Migration
Peace, conflict and security Population Poverty Social justice
Sustainable development Trade Refugees and asylum seekers  

The Global Dimension Website 

A wide range of excellent resources and  is already available to support global learning. The Global Dimension website hosts a comprehensive database of resources, searchable by:

Download the GlobaL Dimenson Calendar for a complete list of International days / weeks and other events